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Who We Are 

Gajendra Singh Chouhan is the Managing Director of True Luxury Tours and is a direct descendant of of the famous Rajput King Prithviraj Chouhan III. Chouhan and his family are heavily into the patronage of the last remaining master erstwhile court artisans of India. Chouhan is a master in the translation of ancient Rajput manuscripts and translated all text and documents for the book, The Bikaner School-Usta Artisans and Their Heritage. His passions and talents include wildlife protection, photography, designing and manufacturing Luxury Couture handbags for Gajendra Shanane By Royal Appointment, drawing, astrology, numerology and textile collecting. In 2013, after six years of planning and implantation, Gajendra Singh Chouhan and Shanane Davis opened Gajendra Shanane By Royal Appointment for the conservation, preservation, education and commerce in India's erstwhile royal and aristocratically appointed fine and decorative India luxury accessories and arts. Gajendra Shanane By Royal Appointment salon and research facility for the luxury arts is located at Jog Niwas Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.

Shanane Davis directs at True Luxury Tours and loves to create authentic local travelling experiences for guests. Her passions and enterprises include the patronage and support for the endangered rarest luxury arts of India. Davis designs many luxury mediums in textiles, precious and hard-stones and creates rare perfumes. Davis is author of the India art history book, The Bikaner School - Usta Artisans and Their Heritage and other articles and chapters on Indian art history. Davis is an avid supporter of protecting India's traditional cultures and for safeguarding the last remaining wild areas of India. Her hobbies include wildlife protection, reading, writing, the collection of Indian Luxury fine and decorative arts, and for finding and training artists and artisans to produce exceptional art. In 2013, after six years of planning and implantation, Shanane Davis and Gajendra Singh Chouhan opened Gajendra Shanane By Royal Appointment for the conservation, preservation, education and commerce in India's erstwhile royal and aristocratically appointed fine and decorative India luxury accessories and arts. Gajendra Shanane By Royal Appointment salon and research facility for the luxury arts is located at Jog Niwas Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.     

Suraj Singh ran a successful grocery business before deciding life was too short and now follows his passion for finding extraordinary people and places for guests of True Luxury Tours to see and experience in Rajasthan. His hobbies include reading and sharing his passion for travel.

WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe:

"Sustainable Tourism" is to have minimal impact by travellers, tour operators, or hotel owners on an areas culture, wildlife or eco-system.

"Sustainable Tourism" is to benefit the local culture, its economy, its artists/artisans, and way of life without making locals dependent on tourism.

"Sustainable Tourism" is a cross cultural or ambassadorial exchanges between a traveller and their culture and the local and his/her culture.

"Sustainable Tourism" protects eco-systems and cultures by following eco-friendly practices.

"Sustainable Tourism" is to broaden a traveller's awareness and perspective on anotherís culture, wildlife, and eco-systems and to make that traveller want to protect indigenous cultures and areas.

"Sustainable Tourism" is for only small groups of travellers at a time to enter and experience an area so that it does not get strained by too many travellers at once.

 


AND WHAT WE DO TO SUPPORT OUR BELIEFS

We at True Luxury Tours truly believe in protecting and conserving eco-systems that previously were unprotected and to follow responsible and sustainable tourism practices. For us it is not a marketing tool, it is a reality. This is why we established the first privately owned and operated Wildlife Sanctuary in India : the Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary. We implemented a policy in 2005 that ensures the protection, survival, and growth of this rare eco-system.
 
We set-up a large privately funded program to accomplish our policy and included educating local villagers on the destruction they were causing by cutting trees and allowing their cattle and goats to run free in the sanctuary area.
 
We taught them how the sanctuarys wildlife is part of a larger food chain, essential for the survival of the land. Thereby, we have eliminated the hunting of all local indigenous species. Today, we are proud to say that thanks to our program, the number of sightings and births of these rare animals has increased dramatically since the inception of our policy and programs.
 
We document and study daily the flora and fauna found in the Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary to better understand what we can do to help ensure and fight for the survival of the extraordinary species found there.
 
We have built a watering system that is rich in nutrients and oxygen and makes water available for all wildlife species year round.The water is flushed out every month to ensure it stays healthy for all animals to drink. Indigenous aquatic plants are submerged in the water to keep the nutrients and oxygen levels high so frogs, snails,and other aquatic life will produce in and around the watering holes. This watering system was built to look completely natural in its surroundings.
 
We had observed in other wildlife sanctuaries that animals often did not frequent man-made watering holes. So we decided to find out the reason why. We noted that artificial watering holes often had no sustainable oxygen and smaller animals could not easily drink from them. Hoofed animals such as Gazelle, and Blue-Bull would often muddy a hole causing other animals to avoid drinking from these holes. For this reason, our watering holes have different depths, allowing smaller wildlife such as jungle bees, etc., but also larger ones such as Leopards and Gazelle to easily drink from this water, without muddying the water.
 
Finally, we at True Luxury Tours, have financed the purchase, planting, re-forestation and maintenance of two-thousand indigenous trees and plants that have be planted in areas of traditional forest cover inside the Jalore Wildlife Sanctuary.